THE ALLEN-STEVENSON SCHOOL
THE ALLEN-STEVENSON SCHOOL
LEADERSHIP 2013-2014 BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Ronald S. Rolfe ’60, President Mark I. Greene, Vice President Thomas H. Lister, Vice President & Treasurer Joshua Harris, Vice President & Asst. Treasurer Lisa Pagliaro Selz, Secretary David R. Trower h’95, Headmaster Dana B. Cowin Paquita Y. Davis-Friday Alexander G. Gellert ’79 George Hall Peter B. Kellner ’84 Heather Khazaneh*
James A. Magid ’91, President Colin McCabe ’90, Vice-President Christopher Persley ’88, Vice-President Thomas Zipser ’99, Vice-President Ian Adler ’87 Theodore D. Agbi ’10 Charles W. Allen ’91 Paul E. Alshooler ’03 Basil L. Anderson ’08 Andrew R. Arias ’92 Zach T. Axelrod ’95 Neil E. Bader ’79 Jackson Baker ’13 Anthony P. Bonan ’93 Pierre A. Bonan ’89 Robert B. Buehler ’78 Robert D. Burge ’76* Alfred P. Burger ’87 Andrew A. Burger ’59 John T. Carr III ’76
Michael S. Klein David H. Koch Daniel Lascano Paul A. Leff Pablo G. Legorreta James A. Magid ’91* Lara Oboler Dang T. Phan Amy L. Robbins Alexander Roepers Suellyn Preston Scull Daniel H. Stern Alexandra Wallace * member ex officio
Erik A. Cliette ’81 Brooke B. Connell ’86 Adam J. P. Donaldson ’05 Maurice F. Edelson ’78 Alexander C. Faherty ’98 Jason M. Farkas ’97 Michael Feinberg ’84 R. Vanneman Furniss ’91 Andrew Galant ’14 Alexander G. Gellert ’79 David Goldberg ’14 Harlan E. Goldberg ’90 Evan R. Goldfischer ’81 Christopher S. Goodman ’86 Michael H. Grady ’91 Christopher J. Hallows ’87 Christopher W. Hamilton ’96 Schuyler Havens ’88 Michael W. Hedges Jr. ’77 John C. Henry Jr. ’84 Cannon Lyell Hersey ’92 John B. Hersey ’09
Heather Khazaneh, President Fredda Goldberg, Vice President Elizabeth Mathus, Treasurer Alison Bird, Commitee Chair Coordinator Kelly Hensley, Class Representative Coordinator Linda Barnett, Advisory Suzanne Freind, Advisory Amanda Lister, Advisory Samantha Marvin, Advisory Cristina Roig Morris, Advisory Alix O’Mara, Advisory Vivian Queen, Advisory Lisa Selz, Advisory Paula Simmons, Advisory
TRUSTEES EMERITI Mildred J. Berendsen Marian R. Bicks Jane Phillips Donaldson Richard N. Foster D. Ross Hamilton John J. Hannan Susan B. Hirschhorn Karen T. Hughes John R. Hupper ’40 E. William Judson Robert J. Katz George A. Kellner Robert Liberman ’58 Peter deF. Millard Richard C. Perry ’70 Joe L. Roby Andrew P. Steffan
David W. Herzberg ’89 David R. Hirschfeld ’99 Patrick D. R. Horan ’85 Tristan Howard ’96 C. Andrew Hughes ’98 Alex A. Ingram ’03 Andrew A. Janko ’95 Jasper H. Jarecki ’12 Clinton V. P. Johnson ’79 Timothy Johnson ’04 Stephen H. Judson ’76 William H. Judson ’78 A. Reed Katz ’03 Cameron A. Koffman ’12 Kenneth LaFreniere ’90 Dean I. Landis ’78* Teddy Landis ’13 Ethan A. Leff ’11 Hale Macdonald ’13 Paul J. Mancuso ’03 Brian A. Margolis ’75 Timothy C. McCabe ’94
Kenneth J. McCauley ’93 Elijah McNally ’14 Alex Melnitzky ’02 Liam R. Millhiser ’96 Ross R. Millhiser IV ’94 Max Morris ’13 Richard C. Perry ’70* Vincent Peterson ’74 Philip N. Pilmar ’01 Roger Raines ’80 Harlan Reinhardt ’83 Marc N. Rice ’84 Ronald S. Rolfe ’60* Eric Rosas ’06 Berton Rose ’97 John Rose ’90 Louis Rose ’86* Henry J. Rosenwach ’04 Eric E. Rothstein ’81* Dean E. Sanborn ’61 Alessandro M. Santoro ’07 Matthew Schnitzer ’13
David R. Trower h’95, Headmaster Susan Etess, Lower School Head Kimberly Kyte, Middle School Head Neal Kamsler, Upper School Head Richard Alifano, Director, P.E. and Athletics Winnie Barnes, Director of Strategic & Learning Initiatives Casper Caldarola, Director of Communications; Co-Director of Community Life + Diversity Michelle Demko, Music Department Head Ronnie R. Jankoff, Director of Admissions Glenn Lieberman, Director of Technology Anne Russo Meyer, Director of Learning Resources David Smith, Director of Development C. Harris Stein, Business Manager
Yoshiki Shimada ’75 Alexander B. Shipper ’02 Denton A. Smith ’94 Wesley Stanton ’92 Sebastian Stern ’14 Jake Taub ’12 Khalid A. Taylor ’10 Michael Tiedemann ’86 Andrew W. Vogelstein ’81 Noel E. Volpe ’85 Alexandre von Furstenberg ’85 Mark Wasserberger ’82 Simon D. Wasserberger ’85* Matthew Wayland ’13 Dewey S. Wigod ’77 Hans L. Wydler ’81 Clifton G. York ’78 Andrew E. Zimmerman ’00 *president emeritus
THE ALLEN-STEVENSON SCHOOL MAGAzINE SPRING 2014
Table of Contents Director of Communications CASPER CALDAROLA
Associate Director of Communications SARAH WOODS
Contributing Writers RICH ALIFANO kATHLEEN ALLEN JORGE COLMENARES ’12 JENNIFER VERMONT-DAVIS MICHELLE DEMkO BILLy DRANSFIELD MEGAN HIMEL ANTHONy kAPP HEATHER kHAzANEH JULIA kUNIN ROBERT McCALLUM RANDy SCHRADE ‘76 SAMARA SPIELBERG MARy TERRy DAVID R. TROWER H’95
Headmaster’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Interview with Ron Rolfe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Around A-S . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 In and Out of the Classroom Iolanthe Spring Beneﬁt Team Sports Cover Story: Creativity Through the 3As . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 2A’s Art-Enriched Curriculum Fifth Grade Teaching Team Develops Innovative Pilot Musical Variations Facing History Water Stories from the Western Sahara A-S News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
PA School Store . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
Alumni Events and News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
Did You Know? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44
NANCy MITCHELL AL PEREIRA LISA MELONI RAGUSA
Cover photo by Nancy Mitchell of Dr. Robert McCallum with some boys from 3DP.
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“At Allen-Stevenson we inspire boys to become creative.” ~ April’s word from the Allen-Stevenson Code
The theme for this Spring Lamplighter is “Creativity Through the 3 As”—an acronym for Academics, Athletics and the Arts. This combination is fundamental to the School’s pedagogical approach in educating boys to become scholars and gentlemen. At Allen-Stevenson our belief that there are “many ways to be a boy” helps us, for this conviction reﬂects the value we place on diversity, divergent thinking and creativity. Such skills are essential as boys prepare to lead productive adult lives. It is always interesting to ask whether people think creativity can be taught. Some say no, but many today seem to believe that under the right circumstances creativity can be fostered. As should be evident from the articles in this Lamplighter, every Allen-Stevenson student’s course of study is meant to encourage vigorous experiences that lead to new intellectual connections. These insights can inspire imagination and creativity in powerful, sometimessurprising ways. The cover story articles also show just how the 3As are interwoven. Much good learning comes from those multi-disciplinary units where various disciplines overlap. This Lamplighter accentuates such examples at various ages and in different subjects: art in the Second Grade, the Fifth Grade STEAM pilot, music at several grade levels, and the powerful Facing History unit that culminates the Allen-Stevenson experience in Ninth Grade. Other articles here highlight similar applications as well. In researching this message, I rediscovered the groundbreaking work of E.P. Torrance on the development of creativity in both children and adults. His Manifesto for Children is a delightful set of admonitions for all of us.
There is also an excellent article* that summarizes Torrance’s ﬁndings on creativity, including the following passage: “Whenever one is faced with a problem for which he has no practiced or learned solution, some degree of creativity is required,” Torrance often said. Being creative involves self-discovery, self-discipline and imagination. In his formal deﬁnition, Torrance outlined the creative process as • sensing diﬃculties, problems, missing elements, something askew; • making guesses and formulating hypotheses about deﬁciencies; • evaluating and testing these guesses and hypotheses; • revising and retesting (if required); and • communicating the results. Strikingly, these processes mirror precisely what scientists and engineers do. Thanks to all who have prepared the ﬁne articles in this Lamplighter. Please enjoy this special issue, especially the interview with Ron Rolfe ’60, who will be making an important transition at the end of this year. It has been our privilege that Ron has served so admirably as President of Allen-Stevenson’s Board of Trustees for 22 years and as a trustee for more than 30. Further, it is my personal honor that Ron has helped me as Headmaster in so many meaningful ways over this time. His friendship to the School and to me means a great deal. So, on behalf of all of us, and from my heart, I thank Ron for this valiant service and incredible loyalty. Fortiter et recte!
David R. Trower Headmaster * http://www.teachers.ab.ca/Publications/ATA%20Magazine/Volume-91/Number3/Pages/Thepowerofcreativity.aspx
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Ronald Rolfe ’60, P ’05, ’18 Ron Rolfe ’60, P’05, P’18 has given 34 years of Board service to Allen-Stevenson, 22 of which were spent as President of the Board. We sat down with him to hear his reﬂections as student, parent and Board President.
Q: What are some of the biggest changes you’ve noticed over the many years that you have been a part of Allen-Stevenson? A: Our facilities have expanded dramatically over this time, which has allowed for more room to implement the program and more attractive spaces for our boys. In addition, technology has had a huge impact on the learning experience – and will continue to do so. We’ve also seen a signiﬁcant increase in demand for places at AllenStevenson, reﬂecting the many wonderful changes that have taken place over time, and certainly a recognition that New York parents understand and appreciate what we are doing. Q: When were you a student at Allen-Stevenson and what did you do here? Ron’s Yearbook Senior Portrait
A: I came to Allen-Stevenson in the First Grade, after a year of Kindergarten at PS 6. I remained through the Ninth Grade, graduating with the Class of 1960. Staying through Ninth Grade is important since it provides great opportunities for growth and leadership in a small class environment. I studied two languages – French, beginning in First Grade, and Latin. I played football, basketball and baseball. I was the recipient of what is now called the Athletic Award. Q: Who was your favorite teacher when you were a student? A: Gerry McGrath, who was an athletic coach and a teacher, inspired me both on and off the ﬁeld. Q: Describe what you see as your greatest achievement as President of the Board of Trustees. A: It’s hubris to take credit for any particular accomplishment. Any success at the School during this time should be credited to the headmaster. I have seen a sea change in the School since David Trower h’95 became Headmaster. Together we make a good partnership, talking openly about how to handle the challenges and successes. Providing a strong sounding board for David is something that I feel I have contributed.
Ron receiving the Distinguished Alumni Service Award
As President of the Board of Trustees at The Allen-Stevenson School for 22 years, and member of the board since 1980, Mr. Rolfe ushered the School through a transformative era of growth in curriculum and enrollment, and an expansion of the School’s physical space, in order to meet the ever-changing needs of AllenStevenson boys.
Q: What have you enjoyed most about being a part of the Board of Trustees? A: I have been very lucky to work with a Board
Andrew Rolfe ’05 with Ron
A retired Partner in the litigation department of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Mr. Rolfe’s commitment to diversity and growth in education is exempliﬁed in his 26-year service on the boards of trustees of The Lawrenceville School, where they have named the Director of Financial Aid position in his honor, De La Salle Academy, and Prep for Prep.
that is made up of many talented and dedicated people, which creates lively and informed discussions. Q: As a parent at the School again, is there a particular part of the current curriculum that stands out to you? A: I think the GUTS program has been a wonderful addition to the Middle School, as has Facing History in the Upper School. It is extremely important for boys to understand how to treat each other with respect. Building empathic students with integrity
He now sits on four public boards of directors: Noranda Aluminum Holding Company, Berry Plastics Group, Reynolds American Inc. and Time Inc., and on two private boards: Advanced Assessment Systems, Inc. and Tune Core, Inc.
Dare Rolfe ’18 with Ron
is a key element of our education. Q: What do you see as your role on the Board next year?
Mr. Rolfe was born in New York City. After attending AllenStevenson through Ninth Grade, he attended The Lawrenceville School, received an A.B. cum laude from Harvard University in 1966 and a J.D. magna cum laude from Columbia Law School in 1969, where he was an Editor of the Law Review, a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a James Kent Scholar. He has two sons who are members of the Allen-Stevenson community: Andrew ’05 and Dare ’18.
A: I will stay on as a Board member as President Emeritus, and will support Mark Greene as he assumes the role of President of the Board, being able to assist as requested, as well as providing an historical perspective on matters that require it. Q: How have you balanced your job with your work on the Board?
Ron and David Trower in 2003
A: I couldn’t have performed my job as a lawyer without the insight gained from my pro bono positions. I’ve learned a great deal about education and educational techniques from my work on the many different boards on which I have participated
He is also the recipient of the ﬁrst A-S Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014, henceforth to be called the Ronald S. Rolfe Distinguished Alumni Award.
– Prep for Prep, De La Salle Academy, and The Lawrenceville School.
David and Ron in 2014
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around A-S THIRD GRADE REDESIGNS THE LOWER SCHOOL TOWN CENTER The third grade boys had the opportunity to work on a STEAM project with Jennifer Vermont-Davis, LS Science Teacher, Rob McCallum, Art Teacher, and Bonnie Tucker, LS Librarian, that involved collaborating and problem solving as they were tasked with designing new uses for the Town Center space in the Lower School.
“This project gave the boys permission to plan, implement and evaluate their projects that have a real-world application.” Jennifer Vermont-Davis
Working alone to begin with, the boys had to imagine and design their ideal Town Center. After each member of the team designed his vision of his Town Center, they presented their ideas in small groups. This required the students to listen, support and sell. They listened to why a particular idea was important and talked about the practicality of each one as it was presented. They had to make critical decisions about what would be viable and what would be unnecessary. Selling their own idea was as much a part of the process as learning to be openminded about other’s creations. Once the groups had agreed on their preliminary design they presented a drawing of the layout to the rest of the grade. The audience contributed by pointing out what they thought would work and what they would change, as well as providing one positive comment about the design. Factoring in safety was another important consideration. With a ﬁnal design in hand the boys pulled out rulers, tape and cardboard and set to work to build a smallscale version of their Town Center. Wouldn’t you agree that adding basketball goals, fold-up trampolines, and a reading room makes for an appealing Town Center space for a third grader? Upon completing their buildings, the boys presented their winning ideas to the group, where they received feedback from their classmates.
In and out of the classroom
TEACHING FOREIGN LANGUAGE THROUGH STORyTELLING AND READING Foreign language is no longer taught as a linguistic system that one must learn through rote memorization and isolated verb conjugations. At Allen-Stevenson we believe that language is a living and breathing system that must be put to use! In order to spark creativity and engage our boys, one strategy we use is TPRS – Teaching Proﬁciency through Reading and Storytelling. The idea behind this is to give the boys as much comprehensible input as possible, emphasizing speciﬁc grammatical structures while at the same time offering the boys something they can really bite into. Speaking of biting into, some of the ﬁfth grade Spanish classes started their food unit with a story entitled “La Casa de Super Hamburguesas.” The story described two friends that meet outside of school and decide to go for a hamburger. There they met “Señor Malo,” a grumpy worker, who out of pure evil decides to put cockroaches in the burgers. Yes, this is disgusting but it is through such humor that the boys attach meaning to the language and easily remember the emphasized structures. The process goes as such: new language is taught through gestures, once learned, the gestures are used in a story that the teacher narrates. The second time around, the student actors say their lines, prompted with the gestures as their visual cues while the teacher continues to narrate. After several go-rounds, the teacher asks a brave student to narrate. Through repetition, the boys begin to internalize the language and structures. This story alone included Spanish idioms, colloquialisms, direct and indirect object pronouns, and various verbs, including irregulars. These sorts of activities encourage the boys to communicate ﬂuidly, spontaneously, and appropriately. In the end, we want to promote communicative competence, emotional and social development, and motivation and enthusiasm for learning Spanish. Storytelling has been a great way to do so.
“We want to promote communicative competence, emotional and social development, and motivation and enthusiasm for learning Spanish.” Samara Spielberg
by Samara Spielberg Spanish Teacher L
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around A-S ExPERIENCING MAGRITTE The seventh and eighth grade art classes were fortunate to visit the exhibit
then sketched concepts for what would later become their own
“Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926-1938” at MOMA. The exhibit
focused exclusively on the breakthrough Surrealist years of Magritte. The classes prepared in advance by talking about Surrealism and the central
Ms. Kunin said, “The impact of seeing the art in situ has a far greater
ideas that appear throughout the exhibition. They discussed concepts in
impact than viewing it on a screen or seeing it in books. You are able to
Surrealist painting, such as doubling, mirroring and opposites.
form a relationship with the work.”
While at the museum, Ms. Julia Kunin, Head of the Art Department, led a
The boys’ ﬁnal paintings truly reﬂect the relationship they established
group discussion in the galleries so that the boys could share their critical
with Magritte’s works of art.
analysis of the paintings. Upon their return, the boys brainstormed ideas,
In and out of the classroom
What struck me most when we took our trip to the MOMA to see the exhibition on René Magritte was not one particular work of his, but rather his general feel of dreaminess and surrealism. His paintings really brought me to a world where anything was possible; anything could be done. I loved this so much that I wanted to create something like this myself, and thus my painting of jellyﬁsh in the sky. To be honest, there isn’t really much I’m trying to communicate to the viewer. I just wanted to capture that dreamy quality, and I wanted to give others the opportunity to experience the same feeling I did when I saw Magritte’s paintings. Besides this, I ended up learning a LOT about painting itself. I especially loved using “dry brushes” to create that certain “wispiness” that works so well for clouds. In all, I absolutely LOVED this unit, and hope I have more time to paint in the future!!! Thanks! Isaac Parlin ’16 Why is my painting surreal? My painting is surreal because instead of the buildings being on Earth, not visible from space, in this painting it shows the buildings completely visible from space. When we saw Magritte’s art at the MOMA, I saw that surrealism has no boundaries, and a lot of the time has a hidden meaning. My painting is deﬁnitely surreal, but it has a hidden meaning too. It shows how the world’s infrastructure is becoming more and more advanced. Joshua Friedman ’16 We also went to the MOMA where I saw many interesting pieces of art. By going and observing the art at the MOMA we came up with our own surrealist pieces of art. My idea: to have a room with a door that has an imprint/crack of a man and the other side of the door, another room with a mirror reﬂecting the man’s face. This will confuse the audience by showing that the man went in the room but is outside of it (showed by the mirror and the imprint/crack of the man on the door). Harry Roepers ’16 L
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Iolanthe or The Peer and The Peri, the comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan, was performed by boys from the Fifth through Ninth Grade during the week of March 10. In this production, Gilbert pokes fun at the members of the House of Lords, the peers, indicating that cleverness is not amongst the criteria required for membership. As is always the case with Gilbert and Sullivan, the wit and silliness captivates throughout the production. Winged fairies and grandly dressed lords captured the audience with their creative dance routines and humorous songs. The pompous Lord Chancellor played by Austin Metzger continually drew laughter from the crowd with his grand gestures and comedic lines.
Country Fair Spring Benefit
Nearly 900 members of the A-S community gathered in Chelsea on Wednesday, April 23, for the AllenStevenson Country Fair Spring Beneﬁt. Complete with mechanical bulls, a cow milking contest, petting zoo, frog races, arts, crafts, carnival games, ﬁnger-lickin’ good barbeque and so much more, the event was fun for the whole family. One of the big highlights of the
Aaron Nir, Kimberley Hutﬁlz, Meg MacCary, Karin Dando-Haenisch Event Chairs
evening was the entertainment provided by John Ragusa and the Western Caravan Band, who set just the right honky-tonk mood, and facilitated a lively round of square dancing. Special thanks to all of the volunteers who made the event a success, especially Aaron Nir, Karin Dando-Haenisch, Kimberley Hutﬁlz and Meg MacCary, Event Chairs; Jennifer Zabinski and her team at JZ Events; Monica Keany and
Leah Swarzman and Tara Lipton Teachers Treasures Rafﬂe Chairs
Ashu Singh, Scholarship Fund CoChairs; Leah Swarzman, Tara Lipton and Judy Poss, Teachers Treasures Raﬄe Chairs; Laura Greene Meltzer, Volunteer Chair; and Heather Khazaneh, PA President. The Country Fair raised more than $450,000 including the Teachers Treasures Raﬄe, the proceeds of which will beneﬁt the Francis Bellows Allen Scholarship Fund that provides approximately $1.8 million in scholarship aid to more than 60 students each year.
Western Caravan Band
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around A-S VARSITY SOCCER
Fall Sports 2013 The Fall Athletics season was a blend of hard work, competitive games, success and disappointment. Practice started early in September and the boys and their coaches prepared for a competitive fall game schedule in the Manhattan Private School Middle School League (MPMSL). We had ﬁfty-three boys participate, grade ﬁve through nine, in a combination of tackle and ﬂag football. Our soccer program, ﬁve through nine, had seventy-one boys participate. The Varsity Football team opened the season with three wins before a loss in the East Side Classic against Buckley. The team had a balanced attack on offense and a physical presence on defense. Led by a talented group of eighth and ninth graders their only losses came to Buckley and Greenwich Country Day. Impressive wins over Dalton, Long Island Lutheran, and
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Green Vale made the season a big success. The coaching staff looks forward to the addition of a strong sixth grade class and the up and coming stars in the Fifth Grade. Speaking of stars, our Sixth Grade Football team was undefeated with two very impressive wins over Green Vale. With athletic boys at the skill positions and some bigger bodies on the line, our team was able to dominate Green Vale in both games.
JV GOLD BASKETBALL
Varsity and JV Soccer struggled in the competitive MPMSL. While they had many competitive games, the outcomes did not favor the blue and gold. Our teams showed great effort and played with a wonderful sense of resiliency during each contest. The coaching staff looks forward to the contributions of our returning players and the addition of our current sixth grade players. Our Sixth Grade Soccer team played well this year and battled through a competitive schedule. JV BLUE BASKETBALL
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around A-S Winter Sports 2014 Varsity Hockey The Varsity Hockey Team ﬁnished the year with a record of seven wins and four losses. The team made tremendous improvement over the course of the season. The team played its ﬁnest game of the season in a 3-0 loss to Green Vale. Our team was missing many of its top players and yet played a complete team game, shutting down their top players while getting good scoring opportunities. Even though we will be losing several key players, we very much look forward to next year's team. Coaches: Mr. Amplo and Mr. Seeback
Varsity Basketball Our team opened the season with impressive back-to-back wins and a tournament championship in the Allen-Stevenson Tip-Off Tournament. The following week they played in the Columbia Prep Tournament and ﬁnished runner-up. Our team played with great energy on both ends of the court, however, most impressive was the gritty toughness on the defensive end. This, as it turns out, would be signiﬁcant in many of the team’s victories within the league. Congratulations on a great season and a league championship! Coaches: Mr. Alifano and Mr. Wiseman JV Basketball This winter saw a strong showing for JV Basketball. Due to the amount of interest, the team was split into two teams - Blue and Gold - to ensure all of the students had adequate playing time and game experience. As a team, everyone grew together with their basketball skills and strengthened their on-court communication skills, which paid off with many close games towards the end of the season. It was a great season full of fun and competitive games, several of which were decided by only a couple of points. We are looking forward to another hardworking, fun season next year. Coaches: Mr. Bellard, Mr. Duncan, and Mr. Waldmann Varsity Wrestling The Varsity Wrestling Team started off with some diﬃcult matches due to the inexperience of some new wrestlers. After putting in a lot of hard work during practice the boys started to wrestle with more conﬁdence and were winning matches. The team ﬁnished the season with a winning record. Khalil Abebreseh ’16 and Willie Swett ’15 won the King of the Ring tournament and Connor Bird ’15 and Jordan Hampton ’16 placed second. The boys had an excellent season and learned a great deal about wrestling, the importance of hard work, and not giving up. Coaches: Mr. D’Itri and Mr. Burgess 6th Grade Basketball The Sixth Grade Basketball Team consisted of 26 boys split into two teams, Blue and Gold. The team practiced with intensity, a desire to improve, and patience. They practiced many skills such as dribbling, passing, and shooting as well as running an offense. In addition to understanding the offense, the boys were introduced to defensive principles and learned how to play a zone defense. The team collectively enhanced their understanding of game situations and playing their positions. They consistently displayed tremendous effort during drills and scrimmages. The boys gained valuable experience from their practices and games this season. The team completed the season with six wins and four losses. Coaches: Mr. DeGennaro and Mr. Peduto
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CREATIVITY THROUGH THE 3 As In this issue we highlight some of the programs and disciplines at Allen-Stevenson that have incorporated new, creative approaches to the way they are being taught. Some of these additions include: collaboration and sharing with students in other countries, using art as the building block for teaching writing and math, and the crossover of language, history, dance and math in music. We also take a look at the inclusion of a new program, the Fifth Grade STEAM pilot project, as well as the deeply entrenched ninth grade project, Facing History, but this time as seen from the perspective of a former student.
2A’S ART-ENRICHED CURRICULUM by Kathy Allen, Second Grade Head Teacher
Ms. Kathy Allen, Second Grade Teacher, has instilled an appreciation for art in her class, while also providing a real-world connection that inspires her boys as they acquire the skills expected of a second grader. During the year, her class will learn about Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh and Gauguin, and Matisse and Picasso, just to name a few. Ms. Allen said, “Pairing artists allows for comparative work and provides the perfect backdrop for learning a number of different skills. It starts to build a stickiness with learning.” Walking into Ms. Allen’s class, you might ﬁnd the boys stretched out on the ﬂoor listening to classical music that has been designed to accompany the works of art projected on the screen, guiding and motivating the boys to create their own representations of the artists they are studying. The boys have a chance to view each other’s work and their collaborated piece, which is followed by a discussion of
Karam Malhotra studying Van Gogh
the original works of art reﬂecting on what they have learned. Another time you might ﬁnd them busily working on a written piece about one of the artists, demonstrating their knowledge about the subject. This process involves researching, revising and ﬁnally publishing their writing. Each activity is designed to build new insights using various resources to develop these skills. The written pieces vary from a simple description of an artist to an essay that makes them think more abstractly, such as writing about a dream based on the quote by Van Gogh -“I dream my painting, and then I paint my dream.” Since Van Gogh enjoyed writing letters, Ms. Allen has incorporated this into the already rich curriculum. The boys learn to identify all the parts of a letter before drafting their own to someone in the School. To appeal to all types of learners, math word problems, with a drawing component incorporated, provide an opportunity to work on addition and subtraction, while learning the color palette. An example of a math problem might be: “Vincent used Collaborating on a mural
red ochre and green to paint his cypress trees. He then added gray to “sadden” the green. Finally he outlined them in black. How many colors did he use altogether? Draw a cypress tree and color it as Vincent would have.” The boys also complete a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the two painters they are studying at the time followed by a fact-ﬁlled paragraph about the artist. Poetry, considered another art form, is also incorporated into each unit. Different types of poems are shared amongst the boys, and vocabulary is broadened through class poetry sessions. One assignment in this unit might include writing an acrostic poem using V-I-N-C-E-N-T-V-A-N-G-O-G-H, with a word bank of artist-related words provided. Welcoming the talents of Ms. Susanna Rubin from the Art Department for “Art in the Classroom,” the boys learn about portraits, landscapes and still life paintings. Working together, they create a class mural based on the style of one of the artists they’ve studied. Often a ﬁeld trip to the Met provides inspiration for the boys upon seeing some of the actual works by these artists. A rich and diverse curriculum with a real-life connection makes Kathy Allen’s artist studies an invaluable part of second grade.
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FIFTH GRADE TEACHING TEAM DEVELOPS INNOVATIVE PILOT by Dr. Mary Terry, Science Teacher
Following three years of research and discussion, as well as the success of two annual “STEAM Day” projects undertaken at Allen-Stevenson, an experimental yearlong, stand-alone pilot class for ﬁfth grade boys became a natural next step. This innovative and truly integrated class would give our students the opportunity to work as an entire grade with a team of STEAMdriven teachers to meet two major engineering challenges related to sustainable waterside homes and the extreme weather conditions resulting from climate change. This project-based class was broken down into several phases. After the opening, fast-paced experience of designing and building “houses” out of newspaper and masking tape, a longer Introduction Phase allowed boys to review the steps of the Engineering Design Process, learn about and model aspects of true collaboration
Dr. Terry explaining waterside home construction
with teachers and classmates, and work with representatives from Cooper Hewitt Design Museum on a simple, guided design-engineering exercise on “ways to make life easier at school.” The boys put their collaboration skills to work as they gathered in small teams to accomplish their assigned goals. Moving on to Phase I, boys were presented with their ﬁrst major challenge: to design and build waterside homes that could withstand extreme weather conditions. Houses near waterways were meant to bring the effects of a super-storm like Sandy in 2012 to the forefront. Sandy had hit low-lying waterside areas of New York City hard, and was something that touched our
Phase I Waterside House
boys’ direct experience immediately. With limited materials and some repurposed objects from home, students worked with a partner to design and build a house. Teachers were not only looking for creativity and aesthetics in the homes, they also evaluated spaciousness, sturdiness, and water-resistance as the structures were “exposed to the elements.” How dry the inside of each house was, and how well the building materials withstood the mock “wind,” “rain” and “storm surge” trials were assigned various point levels of success. Phase II began with the boys studying weather and
Testing heat transfer
climate change, during which they learned about
MUSICAL VARIATIONS by Michelle Demko, Randy Schrade ’76 and Megan Himel Music Department Faculty numerous factors contributing to changes in weather, and wind and water patterns. Hands-on experiment stations were available for conducting
There is an audible hum on 78th Street coming from our building.
water current tests, constructing simple
It might be vocals or instruments you hear, but what makes the
anemometers, and observing the effects of green-
Music Department stand out is how it complements and overlaps
house gases on ambient temperature.
with other disciplines within the School. Music is unique in that it
Independent research was done online at home
is a science and a foreign language; it is mathematical, historical
and school using the interactive website Weather
and physical. It provides access to other worlds. Music’s ﬂexibility
Wiz Kids to help ﬁll in the boys’ understanding of
has allowed for its numerous cre-
weather factors and climate types. Before being presented with their next design challenge, boys were given small group tours by Greg Knespler (maintenance) of our school building’s infrastructure, including the electricity and water supplies, and heating/cooling system. In addition, by working through several class periods with Chris Caccamise (technology) and Rich Waldmann
Music is a Science It is exact, specific, and it demands exact acoustics. Stevenson. A conductor's score is a chart, a graph which indiIn the Lower School, the Music cates frequencies, intensiDepartment draws songs from dif- ties, volume changes, melody, and harmony all ferent places and time periods. In at once and with the most the First Grade the boys sing many exact control of time.
ative applications at Allen-
songs with accompanying dances,
(Registrar), ﬁfth graders learned to use tools in
called Play Parties, such as “Paw Paw Patch” and “Amasee.”
the professional architectural software package
These social experiences, which develop the boys’ gross motor
SketchUp, allowing them to turn 2D design sketches
and listening skills, and their own social interactions, are from the
for their next home into virtual 3D models.
South and the mid-West dating back to the early 1800s through the mid 1900s. Second graders expand on these skills with more
As they move toward their ﬁnal project, boys will
advanced repertoire, including “Sugar and Tea,” which is also set
be asked to include alternative energy sources
in the late 1800s, along with the dance related to it. In the Third
and sustainable building materials in their
Grade, we draw connections between American cultural practices
thinking. To this end, an outreach team from
and the practices of other places in the world. “Yesh Lanu
Solar One, a non-proﬁt organization that looks at
Tayish” is a traditional Israeli song and dance sung in Hebrew,
cutting-edge energy eﬃcient building practices,
which the boys learn; though it developed separately from
came to talk to the boys about buildings around
American Play Parties, it has common elements of form, tonality
the globe that have these features incorporated
and choreography. Experiencing and studying similarities and
into their designs. The facilitators presented
differences in cultures and communities through music is an
means of conducting tests on sample materials for minimum heat transfer, and provided the
accessible way to prepare children for Music is Mathematical the connected world in which they are It is rhythmically based on
pieces needed to build solar model cars. From
these hands-on activities, boys began to appreciate the level of background knowledge and attention to detail required for a successful home design and model.
the subdivision of time into fractions, which must be done instantaneously, not Allen-Stevenson is incredibly lucky to worked out on paper. be a diverse environment, with families who are open and generous in sharing their cultural heritage. In an attempt to explore and honor Diwali during the winter
The culmination of the yearlong course will be the
season, an Allen-Stevenson parent kindly shared a Hindi song,
presentation and testing of the new model homes
“Bum Bum Bole” with Megan Himel, Lower School Music Teacher.
designed and built by each two-boy team for
Second and third grade boys learned and performed this song
waterside features consistent with climate change
using the skill of transliteration, the act of writing out text using
predictions, environmental compatibility, energy
characters of a different alphabet. The boys use their reading
sustainability (voltage produced), and materials
skills to sound out and learn the lyrics of our Hindi song, as well
eﬃciency (heat transfer).
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as songs in other languages, including “Bu Yu Ge” in Chinese. The third graders will also be singing songs they learned for the Mr. America
Music is a Foreign Language Most of the terms are Italian, German, or French; and the notation is certainly not in English--but a highly developed kind of shorthand that uses symbols to represent ideas. The semantics of music is the most complete and universal language.
pageant. The show is a culmination of their social studies work. “Through music in the Lower School, we are reaching out to different groups and connecting to the world in child-friendly ways. The
boys have to tap into other skills from other disciplines. Through children’s music the boys begin to see the connections. Even though they haven’t met other people from the many places the music takes them, they see the similarities in scales, melodies, rhythms, and forms across
Music is History Music usually reflects the environment and time of its creation, often even the country and/or racial feeling. Michelle Demko teaching rhythm through the use of rhythm blocks
many cultures,” said Ms. Himel. “As technology and transportation continue to improve, our world will become increasingly smaller. It is one thing for the world to be made small, and different for it to be made more
intimate. It is important that we become more intimate.” In the Middle School, in addition to singing, dancing, playing recorder and improvising music, fourth graders use rhythm blocks, which have provided a tactile means for understanding how the rhythm of music is broken down into
Music is Physical Education It requires fantastic coordination of fingers, hands, arms, lips, cheeks, and facial muscles. In addition to extraordinary control of the stomach, diaphragmatic, and back muscles, which respond instantly to the sound the ear hears and the mind interprets.
subdivisions, helping them better understand both rhythms and fractions. “By taking a mathematical approach to music and using this hands-on method, an abstract concept has been made much simpler,” said Michelle
Demko, Head of the Music Department. The Christopher Khazaneh using the rhythm blocks
music blocks are designed so that each block represents a different durational value, and the size of each block is proportional with the actual
size of its duration. Since she started using the blocks this year, Mrs. Demko has seen a huge change in how quickly the boys grasp the concept of musical measures and their construction. Our choruses, of course, offer an opportunity to study many different aspects of music and how it relates to a myriad of studies. There is a true search for meaning of language and how to express that fully through sound. From the physics of the sound produced to the relation of a particular piece to its place in history, singing provides a living, breathing experience of shared sound – very powerful.
Music is all of these things, but most of all, it is Art. Upper School orchestras, the boys It allows a human being to are involved in the many creative take all these dry, technically boring (but difficult) techaspects of instrumental music, niques and use them to crewhether it is the metrics of ate motion. That is one thing phrasing and form, or the science science cannot duplicate: of acoustics, tuning and reacting to humanism, feeling, emotion, call it what you will.
In both the Middle School and
Megan Himel with the third grade boys who are dancing to and singing “Bu Yu Ge.”
musical structures. Genres include
rehearsal this week, building pressure in a vessel in the
dance, marches, and symphonic
lab can be the science equivalent to a "crescendo"-
movements. “The orchestras play music from many nations,
both are quantiﬁable and satisfying in different ways!
including the transformational music of America’s history,” said Randy Schrade ’76, Orchestra Director. “From rhythm to
In science we study atoms and molecules, in music
tempo, pattern to architectonic structures, scales to key-
motives, pitch and patterns, transforming them into
deﬁning tetrachord fragments, we use math constantly. It is
language that can be enacted.
ubiquitous in music.“ Mr. Schrade added, “Lastly, but not least, AllenThere are also the synesthetic and kinesthetic elements of
Stevenson’s annual Gilbert & Sullivan production
instrumental music, which connect to physical education,
incorporates music, movement, drama and a very
graphic art, and dance steps. As Mr. Schrade pointed out in
light-hearted history through the lens of Gilbert!”
Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe
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FACING HISTORY by Jorge Colmenares ’12 Reﬂecting on my time spent at Allen-Stevenson, I realize that the Facing History program, which is integrated into the ninth grade curriculum, stands out as one of the most meaningful and thoughtful projects I have ever done. The Facing History program is an interdisciplinary project taught at many schools across the nation. Its focus remains dedicated to the idea that the hope for any democracy to last lies in having an active and thoughtful electorate. Facing History, through classrooms, like the A-S ninth grade classroom, and teachers, like Mr. Cohen and Ms. Barnes, develops more open-minded and mindful generations. Its curriculum focuses on terrible past and ongoing acts of oppression and injustice done to a people or peoples, and how in these instances you can identify four groups: “perpetrators,” “victims,” “bystanders,” and (hopefully) “upstanders.” The Holocaust, which the program largely focuses on, provides a clear example of this. Through various books and videos, which present the Holocaust through every perspective, the students cultivate and discuss questions, like: “What circumstances in Germany made it possible for Fascism to ﬂourish?” or “How did the Nazis exert their ideology so strongly on the German people?” In addition, every student during the program needs to develop his own project about a past or present injustice and design an art “monument” that symbolizes it, and which he presents to the entire A-S faculty at the end of the program. Facing History & Ourselves was the highlight of my education at Allen-Stevenson. At the start of the spring term, English, history, and art classes were joined together into one Facing History class. During the times usually allotted for English and history, Mr. Cohen or Ms. Barnes began the class by writing a question or prompt on the board about a speciﬁc issue about the Holocaust, and we then reﬂected and wrote our answers into our journals and then discussed our answers out loud with the class. Interestingly enough, in many of the classes Mr. Cohen or Ms. Barnes said little to nothing, but rather class was carried out by discussion and debate amongst the students. At ﬁrst this was a shock for all of us, but as the weeks went by, we grew accustomed to it, and it soon became second nature. I remember once a debate that arose between me and another student about a video interview where the person claimed children are like “empty vessels,” meaning they accept whatever they are taught. The context of the claim was in regards to the Hitler Youth program. My friend
agreed with the sentiment; however, I disagreed solely in regards to the “empty vessels” simile. I argued that in everyone there is an inherent sense of humanity and goodness, which would cause the person deep down to know that what was going on was simply wrong. I cited support for my premise by showing how several young Germans disagreed wholeheartedly with the Nazi rhetoric and fought against it, even though they were taught it. Shortly the whole class got wrapped up in the debate, and even though by the end of the class no one changed their position, we all left, I felt, with a broader sense of understanding. While in the classroom we discussed and analyzed in depth the Holocaust. At the same time, we were working on designing and developing our individual projects and art “monuments.” The process by which a student chooses his own topic for his project varies and depends largely on whether or not he is passionate about the topic. From the beginning I wanted my project to be on a current injustice here in the United States. At the time I had just read Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, a series of short stories about a group of soldiers in Vietnam, and it really resonated with me and showed me the true horrors our soldiers go through. Once I had a general idea about what I wanted my project to be on, I discussed it with my advisors, Mr. Cohen and Dr. McCallum, who directed me to contact an A-S alumnus who was at the time on a tour in Afghanistan. I later called him, and we had a long and deep conversation about what it means to be a soldier and the horrors that come along the way. He instructed me to research instances of recent war crimes committed by American soldiers—Abu Ghraib, the shooting of innocent civilians by Sergeant Robert Bales, and the series of photos of U.S. soldiers
posing with the mangled corpses of Afghan insurgents. After researching these crimes in depth, I asked myself: “What brought these soldiers to commit such terrible acts?” This questioning then led me to realizing a troubling truth—that war can bring out even in the ﬁnest of us our darkest attributes.
WATER STORIES FROM THE WESTERN SAHARA by Dr. Robert McCallum, Art Teacher In November 2013, I, along with my wife Cindy Maguire, was invited to the international ARTifariti Arts Festival in the Western Sahara refugee camps in Algeria. The focus this year
With less than 1% of the U.S. population serving in the armed forces, the vast majority of normal U.S. civilians would not be able to handle the graphic destructiveness that our soldiers face daily. This then led me to the point that the soldiers who commit such terrible crimes should be held responsible, but they should also be treated for their physical, mental, and emotional troubles and be judged not by average civilians who have not served a day in uniform but by their fellow soldiers. However, the truth is many of our soldiers do not commit atrocities and stay true to their morals even in the darkest of places. Unfortunately, when they return, they do not receive the praise and respect they deserve from many in our society due to their negative feelings towards the speciﬁc war. Lastly, understanding the horrors soldiers experience, the federal government, before taking military action, always needs to take into consideration the psychological, not just the physical, repercussions that war has on the lives of these soldiers, their families, and society in general. As I was questioning and developing these ideas, I began working on my art “monument.” Many students choose to construct an actual, visual art representation of their project, like a sculpture, painting, or mural. However, not everyone chooses to do this, and others, for example, have chosen to choreograph and perform a dance or a variety of other forms of artistic expression. I turned towards something I had done before at AllenStevenson—acting. I decided to write and perform a monologue where I played a dishonorably discharged soldier from Afghanistan in a therapy session. During the session, it is revealed that the soldier was ordered to shoot down a building ﬁlled with innocent civilians and children. In the confusion of battle, the soldier believes his squad leader tricked him into doing so and proceeded to kill him before being taken away by other soldiers. At this point, the therapist, who is not seen or heard from, abruptly ends the therapy session, asking the ex-soldier to leave. The soldier leaves with the following remark: “I gave up everything for you. I gave you my sanity. I gave you my innocence, my joy, my conscience. I (expletive) gave you my heart. Now, I’ll go.” Looking back, I realize that the Facing History project was the perfect culmination to my years at Allen-Stevenson. While working on this project, I needed to apply all the tools I had developed at school and combined my academic, public speaking, and acting skills. And above all else, the thoughtfulness, introspection, empathy, and passion that I cultivated at school were essential in making a meaningful Facing History project.
was the opening of the new university, the Sahrawi Art School, in Camp Boujdour. Both Cindy and I spend our vacations focused on working with children and youth in conﬂict and post conﬂict zones through the arts. This trip was no different. The Western Sahara was a Spanish colony from 1884 until 1976. The Sahrawi refugee camps in Southwestern Algeria were established over 35 years ago after a protracted armed conﬂict with the Kingdom of Morocco which laid claim to large portions of the country after Spain pulled out of the region. It is often referred to as the last African colony and has remained on the UN Decolonization Committee’s agenda since October 1964 to the present. The ongoing existence of the camps is a stark illustration of the political impasse that exists when discussing the future of the Western Sahara community, both in the parts of the Western Sahara annexed by Morocco as well as the liberated territories and the camps. The trip provided many opportunities for sharing and learning between the Allen-Stevenson community and the people in the camps. First and foremost was the experience of living with a family who has been displaced for over 35 years in a part of the world that is recognized as one of the most harsh and inhospitable due to climate and access to resources. In fact, most goods including water, food, and power are provided by international NGOs and UN agencies to all ﬁve camps. In spite of these challenges, the community is vibrant, welcoming and eager to share their life stories and homes. In fact, we were invited to a wedding party one night. Dance and music are integral to Western Sahrawi culture. We arrived at the camps by way of Algiers, taking an hour drive from the town of Tindoff, out into the desert under military escort to the main Western Sahrawi camp, Camp Boujdour. Upon arrival we were welcomed by our host family and stayed in their haiyma. It was amazing to be a part of a conference and working with children and youth where at least 5 languages were being used to translate across presentations. In the camps, both continued on the next page
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Spanish and Arabic are spoken. I found that while working with the children arts became our common language. Linked to part of the trip was an introduction of PackH20 through my non-proﬁt ArtsAction Group. I ﬁrst heard of PackH20 through Melanie Lester, from the Learning Resource Center at Allen-Stevenson. PackH20 is a collapsible backpack made from industrial-grade woven polypropylene that holds 5.3 gallons. It replaces the many different and cumbersome containers that are diﬃcult to carry on a daily basis and are the cause of many health problems for people living in areas where there isn’t access to clean drinkable water. We took 50 PackH2Os which were distributed to the nomadic community living in the desert. An exciting outcome of the waterpacks are the stories we gathered and continue to gather from the nomad community who are testing them out. One of the projects we facilitated was an arts exchange between Allen-Stevenson and the Camp Boujdour primary school. This project was based on the theme of water. Students considered many questions related to water including “where does our water come from?” The importance of water conservation and how best to depict these stories from the point of view of where they live directed the collaborative mural painting. This third grade water mural was proudly
Rob McCallum with a group of Sahrawi students
displayed in the arts festival itself and when we shared it with the primary school students at their school, there was great excitement and many questions about what the AllenStevenson boys had painted and how we get water in New York City. The Sahrawi students also created a large mural showing their water stories for us to bring back to New York City. This project linked to the PackH2O initiative, gave the Sahrawi students an opportunity to share their stories about water and everyday life in the camp. As one Sahrawi student put it, “water is the gift of life.” Later in the same day as the mural painting we had a sculptural headdress project, a lesson that was ﬁrst done with AllenStevenson boys this past fall. One of our aims was to introduce the students to art making with non-traditional materials, incorporating skill-building activities through directed play. After much laughter, experimentation and popping of too many balloons the group came up with beautiful, fanciful headdresses. Children were spotted wearing their headdresses throughout the camp center later that evening. The Western Sahrawi community is committed to working with arts and culture as a tool for personal expression, collective identity and community development. As a result of this ﬁrst
Western Sahrawi Camp and tent Rob McCallum stayed in
The mural made by the Sahrawi students
collaboration and the introduction of PackH2O, discussions were also held with the General Secretary of Water and the Environment about the water situation in the camps. Water is a pressing issue for this community. Refugee camp members and the nomad community can travel upwards of 50 miles for water. Various mining industries as well as improper holding containers that leach toxins also impact quality, access and availability for all. The Ministry of Water and Environments of SADR with the support of ArtsAction Group and PackH20, are now conducting a needs assessment for how the packs might be used by the camp and nomad communities. Back at Allen-Stevenson I have shared this experience and had amazing discussions with lower school boys on how we might ﬁnd solutions to some of the water problems. I also shared my experiences with the middle and upper school boys at a Monday Morning Meeting. At this meeting we focused on life in the camps and the on-going issues of both displacement of peoples and communities (there are 15.6 million refugees in the world and it’s growing) and water access and quality. I look forward to continuing to develop more opportunities for our boys to share their stories and art with the children and youth at the Western Sahrawi refugee camps in Algeria. One future project we’re considering is having the boys look at the issue of water conservation and safe storage through a STEAM project.
The Allen-Stevenson mural being shared with the Sahrawi students
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JOANNE CIUCCIO, Technology Resource Teacher, and her husband Matthew, joyfully welcomed the arrival of Angelina Rose, a little brother to Damien. Angelina was born on November 18, at 1:39AM, and weighed 5 pounds, 8 ounces and was 18 inches long. GABRIELLE L. DEMATTEIS, First Grade Teacher, married Mr. John F. Keller on December 7, 2013. The couple got married at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, in Manhattan, just a few blocks away from AllenStevenson. Many of Ms. DeMatteis' present and for-
Angelina Rose Ciuccio
Paige Isabel Resto
mer students attended the ceremony. It was so wonderful to have members of the A-S community there for this special day! TARA PARSONS, Art & Woodshop Teacher, recently adopted Jessie, a Garden State Terrier. Jessie is pictured here with Tara and Dave Wilson. Although Jessie is clearly ready for a gifted and talented program, Jessie, being a girl (and a dog), will be unable to attend Allen-Stevenson. Nonetheless, Tara and Dave are proud parents! Gabrielle DeMatteis and John Keller
Past Faculty Member NIKYDA RESTO and her husband
Tommy Terzulli with Alivia Lynn
Angel had a baby girl, Paige Isabel. Paige was born on November 6, 2013, at 8lbs 3oz, length 21 inches. Kindergarten Learning Specialist MELISSA TREPETA and her husband welcomed their second child together. Alivia Lynn Terzulli was born on January 6. Big brother Tommy is over the moon! MARISSA ZACKOWITZ, Second Grade Teacher, gave birth to a son, Ethan Samuel Zackowitz, on Saturday, Tara Parsons with Dave Wilson and Jessie
March 8, at 11:04AM. He weighed 8lbs, 5oz.
Growing the PA School Store When I took on the role of PA President, my vision was to ﬁnd as many opportunities as possible to build community at the School. Realizing the PA Oﬃce, located just past the Reception Desk in the lobby, was situated perfectly to establish a School Store and a gathering place for members of the community. Since the start of this school year, the store has taken on immense importance and grown by leaps and bounds. It has provided a place for members of the community to come together, to catch up and to share ideas, all while buying and selling spirit wear that serves as a visual display of one’s pride in the community. I have found that every sale becomes a conversation. The success of the store has been about teamwork. Members of both the PA School Store Committee and the PA Executive Committee have taken full ownership of the store. Without a strong team, whose members are dedicated and continue to bring new ideas to the table, the store would not have grown in such leaps and bounds. Members of both of these committees have taken turns selling on a regular basis. Whoever happens to be in the PA Oﬃce will step in as salesperson and community greeter. We have carefully considered the community as we’ve added new items and thought of ways to sell them. We’ve tried to offer different price points. The online store is always open, with items added regularly and sales offered from time to time. By including advertising in the ASpect, we’ve been able to feature additions to the store while highlighting our community members in photos. There’s a little of something for everyone… whether practical, traditional, trendy or fun. Our door is open. Please stop by. Heather Khazaneh, PA President
School Store Committee along with some of the Executive Committee
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GROWING YOUNG MINDS THROUGH THE ANNUAL FUND As we approach the end of the academic year, each boy has grown in both height and intellect. This growth is due in no small part to the generosity of the Allen-Stevenson Community. Gifts to the Annual Fund create opportunities for learning and JURZWKE\IXQGLQJĂ€HOGWULSV technology in the classroom, faculty development and countless other opportunities. We hope you will support our School, its mission, and our growing boys through your gift to the Annual Fund before it closes on June 30.
These photos were captured during the WKJUDGH·VDQQXDOÀHOGWULSWR:DOGLQJÀHOG Farm. As a part of this educational excursion, boys learn about life on a farm, growing and harvesting produce, and the importance of sustainable organic farming. Your gift to the Annual Fund makes this trip and many others possible.
Alumni Reunion Weekend Celebrated Fine Art, and so much more… School with the Headmaster for the ﬁrst-ever Reunion for Parents of Alumni. The opportunity to hear an update on the School and reconnect with friends was meaningful for the nearly 50 parents in attendance, and will hopefully lead to similar events in the future.
This year’s Alumni Reunion was an event like no other. The weekend’s festivities brought together friends from Classes 1949 – 2014, recognized dedicated teachers, honored Ron Rolfe ’60 for his lifelong service to Allen-Stevenson, and celebrated a large group of alumni and faculty artists who contributed to our School’s vibrant community. The ﬁrst of its kind at A-S, the Alumni & Faculty Art Exhibition was on display from March 3 – 14 in the School’s main lobby. The exhibition featured the work of 32 artists – a combination of alumni and former and current faculty members – as well as pieces by current students. From John Loengard’s ’49 photograph of the Beatles in 1969 and the poignant drawing by Michael Present ’09 to the giant ﬁshing lure sculptures by Geoff Feder ’89 that lined the Assembly Hall balcony, the show had something for everyone.
One of the most special pieces on display during the Alumni Art Exhibition was this 1964 photo of The Beatles by John Loengard ’49.
The special effort put forth by current and former
On Friday evening, while David kersey faculty, including Nancy Cohen, Glenn Lieberman, Jane Zweibel, Alessandra Exposito, and Julia Kunin h’98 visited the reunion parties happening (pictured here) to include their work in the exhibition, made the event extra special. around the city for the Classes of 1959, 1964, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999 and 2004, former A-S parents gathered at the 30
Saturday’s beautiful weather brought a large number of alumni to the Open House, which featured student-led tours, a dress rehearsal of Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe, and the opportunity to score some swag from the Parents Association School Store. A highlight of the day was the lively Alumni-Faculty Basketball Game played in honor of Laurence Smith ’00, who passed away earlier this year. Coach Rich Alifano led a moment of silence in memory of Laurence and the immense impact he had on all he came in contact with. Players donned t-shirts commemorating the game. During Saturday evening’s All-Alumni Party, more than 130 alumni, faculty and guests enjoyed the Art Exhibition and celebrated in style. Julia kunin, head of the Allen-Stevenson art department, continued on page 32
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recognized the alumni artists and volunteers who helped make the exhibition a reality, and thanked former faculty members Nancy Cohen, Dale Emmart, and Jane zweibel for joining current faculty as part of the exhibition. She spoke of the important role of the visual arts in elementary education, and pointed out how special it is to have practicing artists as faculty members at A-S. The party was also an opportunity to celebrate several individuals who have made signiﬁcant contributions to our School. Jamie Magid ’91, President of the Alumni Council, honored faculty members Phil Amplo and Steven Cohen, for dedicating their careers to educating boys at A-S. Both Phil and Steve are celebrating their 25th anniversary teaching at 132 East 78th Street. Jamie also honored Ron Rolfe ’60 with the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Service Award, for his 34 years of service on AllenStevenson’s Board of Trustees, and for stewarding the School through a transformational era of growth in enrollment, space, ﬁnancial stability, and curriculum. Jamie went on to announce that the award would henceforth be named the Ron Rolfe ’60 Distinguished Alumni Service Award, in recognition of Ron’s unwavering commitment, leadership and service. As Mr. kersey pointed out, especially exciting during this year’s reunion was the opportunity to connect with the Class of 1964 who came together for their 50th reunion. Thanks to Andy Sereysky ’64, who spearheaded the 50th reunion effort, members of the class traveled from as far away as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Maine and Florida to be a part of the celebration. They spent the weekend sharing life stories, reliving memories of their time at Allen-Stevenson, and making new memories that will last a lifetime. Bill Walker ’64 may have put it best, saying, “At the risk of being overly dramatic, for me this was a very special and reﬂective weekend of what friendship is all about; I can tell you something that makes me laugh at one moment and almost cry at another means I am experiencing one of those unique life events which does not always come along for us all that often, but for which I am always genuinely grateful.” 32
The Alumni-Faculty basketball game carried special meaning this year. The game was played in memory of Laurence Smith ’00 who passed away last summer. Coach Rich Alifano distributed t-shirts to all of the players commemorating the occasion.
The Class of 1964 traveled from as far away as California, Idaho, New Mexico, Maine and Florida to celebrate their 50th Reunion.
The Class of 1989 enjoyed a casual party on Friday evening at the home of classmate Pierre Bonan.
Andrew Goodwin hosted a lively gathering for the Class of 1984.
2014 REUNION HONOREES RON ROLFE ’60 Recipient, Distinguished Alumni Service Award As President of the Board of Trustees at The Allen-Stevenson School for 22 years, and member of the Board since 1980, Mr. Rolfe ushered the School through a transformative era of growth in curriculum and enrollment, and an expansion of the School’s physical space, in order to meet the ever-changing needs of Allen-Stevenson boys. A retired Partner in the litigation department of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Mr. Rolfe’s commitment to diversity and growth in education is exempliﬁed in his service on the boards of trustees of The Lawrenceville School, where they have named the Director of Financial Aid position in his honor, De La Salle Academy, and Prep for Prep. Mr. Rolfe was born in New York City. After attending Allen-Stevenson through Ninth Grade, he attended The Lawrenceville School, received an A.B. cum laude from Harvard University in 1966 and a J.D. magna cum laude from Columbia Law School in 1969, where he was an Editor of the Law Review, a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a James Kent Scholar. He has two sons who are members of the Allen-Stevenson community: Andrew ’05 and Dare ’18.
PHIL AMPLO Faculty Honoree, 25 years of service to A-S Phil Amplo has served as teacher, coach and mentor to hundreds of boys throughout his time at Allen-Stevenson. He has coached football, lacrosse, and hockey. His players will fondly remember his passion for doing things right, leading by example, and encouraging them to pursue excellence. Phil has also been instrumental in working with the Alumni Council to bring athletes back for alumni events, like the annual Alumni Hockey Game at Chelsea Piers. In 2006, he became the Health Services Coordinator, which means that he teaches faculty ﬁrst aid and CPR training, and assists the School’s nurse in keeping the boys safe and healthy.
STEVE COHEN Faculty Honoree, 25 years of service to A-S Steve originally came to A-S as a Latin teacher. Since then he has taught English to 7th, 8th, and 9th graders, and has for many years been the 9th grade homeroom teacher and advisor and perhaps the main reason why boys who stay for the Ninth Grade say it was their best year ever at A-S. He is now the Assistant Head of the Upper School and, as Neal Kamsler, Head of the Upper School says, “without him no ongoing school would receive a single application and we would have to start a high school.” L
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Reunion for Parents of Alumni On March 7, as Alumni Reunion Weekend began and classes gathered across New york City to celebrate, a group of 50 past parents came together to celebrate as well. The ﬁrst ever Reunion for Parents of Alumni was an opportunity for past parents to return to Allen-Stevenson and reconnect with the School and each other. The theme of the entire Reunion Weekend was “A Celebration of Fine Art,” and appropriately the School lobby had been transformed into a gallery brimming with works produced by alumni, faculty, and former faculty. Parents of Alumni enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they caught up with old friends and viewed the impressive artwork on display. Headmaster David Trower h’95 was on hand to welcome guests and remark upon the strength of the AllenStevenson community. Parents in attendance had sons who graduated from as early as 1982 to the most recent class of 2014. A great time was had by all! We hope to have future events for parents of alumni. If you would like to be involved in the planning and programming of such events, please contact Erica Pettis at 212-933-5238 or email@example.com.
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Simon Wasserberger ’85 hosted third Networking Breakfast for Alumni in Real Estate A group of alumni with ties to real estate in New York City gathered on the morning of April 4 at the oﬃces of L&L Holding Company for breakfast and a lively discussion about the current state of the real estate market. The group bounced from talking about the sales market to politics to infrastructure and the impact of the changing demographics of the city on real estate.
Eric Bader ’82 hosted Networking Breakfast for Alumni & Parents in Advertising Eric Bader ’82 hosted a group of alumni and parents who work in the ﬁelds of marketing, advertising and digital media for a casual networking breakfast on November 13. The breakfast took place in the School's Tisch Library Media Center, and featured a lively conversation about strategic marketing and the balance between traditional and digital media. The addition of current parents to this group was well received by alumni, and the group is looking forward to the next event.
Larry Glassberg ’93 hosted Networking Breakfast for Alumni in Finance On October 30, Larry Glassberg ’93 hosted a networking breakfast for A-S Alumni in Finance. The third meeting of this group, the breakfast took place at Maxim Group's oﬃces in the Chrysler Building.
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MORE ALUMNI EVENTS Andy Heyward ’64 hosted Los Angeles Alumni Gathering On Saturday, January 25, 15 alumni gathered at the beautiful Hollywood Hills home of Amy and Andy Heyward '64 for an opportunity to reconnect with Allen-Stevenson. David Kersey h'98 was in attendance, along with David Smith and Anthony Kapp from the Alumni Oﬃce. Mr. Kersey shared an update about the School, and took the partygoers on a trip down memory lane by sharing a personalized video compilation of photos of the attendees during their time on East 78th Street. All in attendance enjoyed the opportunity to catch up, with several like Phil Proctor ’55, Ian Doody ’95 and Andy Heyward ’64 realizing they had known each other in a professional setting without recognizing their common bond as A-S alumni.
Alumni Hockey Game Returned to Chelsea Piers After last year's game was canceled due to damage sustained after Super Storm Sandy, the Alumni Hockey Game returned to Chelsea Piers for an exciting night on the ice. After Young Alumni Day concluded earlier in the day on November 26, a group of young alumni made their way to Chelsea Piers by bus to join their fellow alumni for a lively hockey game led by Coach Phil Amplo. Players included alumni from Classes 1979 to 2013, each of whom enjoyed their time back on the ice in an A-S jersey. After the game, the team enjoyed pizza and refreshments in the Sky Rink Club Lounge before parting ways for Thanksgiving break.
Classes 2010-2014 Return for young Alumni Day On Tuesday before the Thanksgiving holiday, more than 50 young alumni returned to East 78th Street for Young Alumni Day. They enjoyed catching up with their favorite teachers from A-S, delectable treats from Ms. Matthew, and a lively basketball game in the Gym. Mr. Kersey welcomed the boys with a reminder that they will always be welcome at A-S, and encouraged them to stay connected to the School through the many events the Alumni Association puts on throughout the year.
Please send Alumni News for the Lamplighter to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Development Oﬃce at 212-606-0890.
Cecil S. Ashdown ’39 (email@example.com) writes to say that he is “glad to still be a part of the Allen-Stevenson family all of these years!”
Logan Fulrath, Jr. ’52 (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes to say that he continues to practice law in wills, trusts and estates in Manhattan. John O. Field ’55 (john.ﬁeld@myfairpoint.net) writes to say, "All is well in Jaffrey, NH. No real news to report, which is probably a good thing!"
Richard Sills ’61 (email@example.com) has three books that were recently published: The Tale of Dottie, Lanethros, and Antivion. All three are available through the Dorrance Bookstore.
Ron Rolfe ’60 (RRolfe@cravath.com) was honored at the Alumni Reunion on March 8. The Alumni Council presented him with the inaugural Distinguished Alumni Service Award, which is the highest accolade reserved solely for alumni of The Allen-Stevenson School. The newly created award recognizes outstanding alumni who are pillars in their chosen ﬁeld, and have shown exceptional civic leadership or made signiﬁcant contributions beneﬁtting their community, nation or school. The award has been named for Ronald S. Rolfe ’60 in recognition of his unwavering commitment, leadership and service to education.
Justin P. klein ’62 (KleinJ@ballardspahr.com), a partner in Ballard Spahr’s Business and Finance Department who leads the ﬁrm’s Securities Group, has been named one of Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2014 Outstanding Board Directors for his service on the Board of Directors of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Klein received the award on February 19 during a reception at The Union League.
Jack Salomon ’62 (firstname.lastname@example.org) visited Mr. Haarmann’s English Class in the fall to share his love of poetry with the sixth grade boys. He recited his own poems, a few short pieces by other authors, as well as excerpts from Shakespeare and Gilbert & Sullivan. Mr. Salomon entertained the boys by relaying a story about something that happened to him during his time at Allen-Stevenson. This particular situation related well to a poem by Michael Rosen about a wise guy entitled “I Was Mucking About In Class.” After listening to each beautiful recitation, the class discussed its meaning and how it related to books they had read or experiences they may have encountered in their own lives. Mr. Salomon ﬁnished with a poem about a calliope – “The Kallyope Yell.” The refrain required the boys’ participation, and the follow-up centered on the importance of tempo and sound. The boys asked Mr. Salomon some excellent questions about what inspired him to write poetry, about his days at Allen-Stevenson and how he learned to memorize some of the long pieces he recited.
“The Outstanding Directors Award conﬁrms what we have long known about Justin—that he has shown the highest level of dedication to the Mann and its mission through his service and leadership on the Board,” ﬁrm Chair Mark Stewart said. “We encourage all of our attorneys to use their gifts to better their communities. Justin has done so with distinction and for the beneﬁt of one of the crown jewels of Philadelphia’s cultural scene.”
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Tom Currier ’73 (email@example.com) had an eventful year in 2013. The year saw Tom (bass, piano, harmony vocal) performing with Dave Davies, founder of the legendary British rock band, The Kinks. Davies was ranked 88th in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" in 2003. Regarded as one of the most unpredictable and original forces in rock, Davies’ guitar style is often credited as being the forebear of heavy metal and punk rock, and has inspired bands from The Ramones to Van Halen to Green Day. The Kinks ﬁrst came to prominence in 1964 with "You Really Got Me." It became an international hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom and reaching the Top 10 in the United States. Over their 32 year run, The Kinks had ﬁve Top 10 singles in the U.S. and nine albums in the Top 40. In the UK, the group had seventeen Top 20 singles and ﬁve Top 10 albums. Among numerous honors, the original four members of The Kinks were inducted into the U.S. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Tom said, “I’ve always loved The Kinks’ witty, compassionate social commentary, and the intensity and sentience of The Jigsaw Seen is a perfect match. I can’t think of anyone else with whom I would rather be making music.”
Lincoln Paine ’74 (firstname.lastname@example.org) has a new book out, entitled The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World. The book retells human history through the lens of maritime travel, revealing how people ﬁrst came into contact with one another by ocean and river, and how goods, languages, religions, and entire cultures spread across and along the world’s waterways. John Pariseau h’98 has recently ﬁnished reading it, and enjoyed it immensely, saying, "Having taught Lincoln world civilization when he was a 9th grader, it's wonderful to read his slant on history."
Alex Navarro ’79 (email@example.com) was recently featured in Bank Investment Consultant on the topic of global investments: “Alex Navarro concedes that advisors can be a bit U.S.-centric in choosing investments for their clients. But as a private ﬁnancial advisor for 27 years, and a SunTrust advisor for the last 14 and a half years, Navarro believes it's his responsibility to balance his clients' portfolios with a sharp eye on the global ﬁnancial market as a whole. To him, that calls for including an array of international picks — even when the domestic market is doing as well as it is today.”
Tim Potter ’83 (firstname.lastname@example.org) sends his best wishes to his fellow classmates. Tim is a member of the Berkshire Benevolent Association for the Blind, and an active member of the Berkshire Hillsmen, a barbershop harmony society. Fred Vogelstein ’77 (email@example.com) has a new book that hit the shelves in November. In Dogﬁght: How Apple and Google Went to War and Started a Revolution, he takes us into the oﬃces and board rooms where company dogma translates into ruthless business; behind outsize personalities like Steve Jobs, Apple’s nowlionized CEO, and Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman; and inside the deals, lawsuits, and allegations that mold the way we communicate.
Joseph Ayala ’86 (firstname.lastname@example.org) has been named executive director of Columbia University’s Double Discovery Center. Joseph, who has 20 years of experience in youth programming, will be leading a program that has been helping students from underserved backgrounds pursue higher education for nearly half a century.
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Bill konigsberg ’86 (email@example.com) has announced a new series on his blog entitled “The Kids are Alright!” He says, “Basically it’s going to be a place for stories of LGBTQ teens who are thriving after coming out. I suppose I want to document the incredible progress that has been made in the last decade by showing out teens, wherever they live, and telling their stories.” Bill is a Lambda Literary Awardwinning author, and will be releasing a new novel, The Porcupine Truth, in 2015.
Dane Atkinson ’89 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and his wife recently welcomed a baby boy to the family. Dane sent this photo, saying "Ion Atkinson at 9 days, looking like an 80 year old, sporting some A-S gear and his favorite stuffed animal."
Colin McCabe ’90 (email@example.com), co-founder of Chop't Salad Company, announced the opening of their newest location just one block from Allen-Stevenson, at 78th and 3rd, back in December. Since then, many from the Allen-Stevenson community have been found enjoying the fresh salads.
Noah kass ’92 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and his wife, Jessie, had a baby on March 29. Ava Dorothy Kass is happy and healthy!
Charles Socarides ’92 (email@example.com) recently played the role of Sebastian in Pig Iron Theater Company's production of Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare's most versatile comedies, at
the Abrons Arts Center. David Kersey h'98 saw the play and said, "Charles was the best actor on the stage."
Chris Hamilton ’96 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and his wife, Caroline, welcomed a daughter, Clementine Rose Hamilton, to their family earlier this year. They are happy to report she is doing well!
Andrew Elkin ’97 (email@example.com) married Shawna Weschner, a management consultant at FTI Consulting on Martha's Vineyard in May. Matt Elkin ’99 and Freddy Isquith ’97 attended. Andrew is also completing his MBA at NYU and is working on his pilot's license. Jaison Spain ’97 (JSpain@allen-stevenson.org) reports that a group of friends are raising money for a scholarship in memory of their classmate, Laurence Smith ’00, at Frederick Douglass Academy. Laurence was a sports enthusiast at A-S, and was an invaluable team member on the basketball courts of the FDA Lions and the Baruch Bearcats.
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Jedd Sereysky ’99 (firstname.lastname@example.org) graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine last May having earned an MD and a PhD. He is engaged to wed Jessica, a fellow MSSM graduate, this September in NYC. Jedd is currently a surgery resident at the Monteﬁore Medical Center. He and Jess live on the Upper East Side.
most about working for Cutco so far, is being able to have control of my own schedule, thus making me solely responsible for how successful I am." He encourages anyone interested in learning more, to contact him. Jamie Rucinski ’07 (email@example.com) was the First Prize Winner of the Alexander & Buono International Flute Competition. He then performed in the winner’s recital at Weill Hall (little Carnegie next to Carnegie Hall) on Sunday, October 20. Jamie studied ﬂute here at A-S with one of our great ﬂute instructors.
Michael Lipton ’12 (firstname.lastname@example.org) recently placed 3rd at the New England Wrestling Championships in the 113lb division. He also placed 2nd at Class As, and ﬁnished his season 23-5. He says, "I owe a lot of my success to you, Mr. Rodriguez." Scott kauffman ’14 (email@example.com) was recently elected President of the Freshman Class at Columbia Prep.
SUBMIT yOUR CLASS NOTE Share your personal and professional news with your classmates by sending a note to the Alumni Oﬃce for inclusion in the next Blue & Gold and Lamplighter editions. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Tom zipser ’99 (email@example.com) married Whitney Weiler on October 5 in Camden, ME. Whitney works in New York as the assistant director of Ann Kendall Richards Gallery, while Tom is Vice President at G.C. Andersen Partners and serves as the Vice Chair of the Allen-Stevenson Alumni Annual Fund. Our heartfelt congratulations to the happy couple.
Brad Waywell ’00 is now working as Associate Director at the Blain|Di Donna gallery located in the Carlyle Hotel here in New York. Mitch Toro ’04 (firstname.lastname@example.org) has started an organization called Jr. Regifting, that collects excess giveaways from Bar/Bat Mitzvah's, birthday parties, and other celebrations and "re-gifts" them to children that are sick or less fortunate. Contact him for more information. Jonathan McMyers ’07 (email@example.com) has started a new job as a sales representative for Cutco Corporation, a manufacturer of high quality cutlery, cookware, kitchen and outdoor accessories. He says, "What I have enjoyed
Theophilus Agbi ’08 (firstname.lastname@example.org) participated in a Spring Break trip to Kingston, Jamaica with a group of 16 students who volunteered for a community service project through the Yale Reach Out Program and United Way. During the 12-day trip, his group helped to refurbish the Majesty Gardens School and mentored students. Adam kotin ’09 (email@example.com) is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin, where he is the manager of the men's basketball team.
2010s Hasani Figueroa ’10 (firstname.lastname@example.org) has been accepted at Amherst College, where he will be a member of the Class of 2018. For two consecutive years (2013 and 2014), he has been awarded the Edward R. Childs Backﬁeld Bowl and named to the ISL All League Team.
alumni news IN MEMORIAM Robert Browning Trainer ’31, age 95, passed away peacefully on December 23, 2013 in Houston surrounded by members of his family. Bob was born in New York City on May 15, 1918 to John Newlin and Caroline Okie Browning Trainer. After attending Allen-Stevenson, he went on to graduate from Phillips Exeter Academy (1934), Harvard College (1938), and Harvard Law School (1941). Bob joined the Navy in 1938 having completed the ROTC program at Harvard. On July 10, 1941, he married Mary (Polly) Ilsley Uihlein from Milwaukee. Bob went to sea in 1941 and served throughout the war on the USS Denebola in the Atlantic and Paciﬁc Oceans and in the Mediterranean, rising to the rank of Lt. Commander and Executive Oﬃcer of the Denebola. After the War, Bob worked for White and Case, a law ﬁrm in New York. In 1948, Polly and Bob moved to Milwaukee where Bob joined the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company, where he worked until his retirement in 1978 with the title, Senior Vice President. After Polly's death, he married Shirin Devrim in 1973, a well-known Turkish actress who taught at UWM, Carnegie Mellon and Stanford University and acted in repertory theaters throughout the U.S. and Turkey. They lived happily in New York City for 30 years until her death in 2011, after which Bob moved to Houston to be closer to family. Bob served on a number of community boards around the world. Bob had a keen mind, was an avid reader and world traveler. In his early years he loved tennis and hunting, but most of all, he enjoyed discussing politics and world affairs with his family and friends. He was thoughtful and generous, an old-fashioned Yankee and always a gentleman. Bob is survived by his three sons, Robert Trainer Jr. (Mary), Charles Trainer (Anne Booth), Steve Trainer (Tricia) and his eight grandchildren, Molly Trainer (Javier Arreola), Julia Trainer, Robert Trainer III (Carrie), Caroline Trainer Frantz (Ed), Kit Trainer, Amy Trainer, Sarah Trainer and Christina Trainer Leber (Todd). Bob had eight great-grandchildren. Philip M. Harder ’35, a Banker, Sailor, Pilot and Poet, passed away peacefully on April 16 at his home in Wayzata, MN. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Margaret Shepard Harder; his two sons Phil Jr., and Shepard; and three grandchildren. Harder was born in New York City on September 8, 1920, and grew up in and around New England, attending Allen-Stevenson from 1928-1929. Rather than going to college, he joined the Merchant Marines, earned his third mate's license, and honed his maritime skills while pursuing a lifelong love of the sea. During World War II he enlisted in the Coast Guard as a seaman, rising to the rank of Lieutenant, after which he began his career as a stockbroker with the family brokerage ﬁrm Harris Upham, which later became Smith Barney Harris Upham. In 1948 he moved to Minneapolis to raise a family and to expand his career aspirations in banking. In 1970, Philip developed an interest in social action initiatives, predicated on the foundation that the business community needed to give greater attention to the marginalized and disenfranchised members in the community. He ultimately resigned from the bank to pursue his new interests in change and social justice. From his early years, Harder developed a genuine love of the sea, and took every opportunity to sail with friends and family aboard his custom outﬁtted sailboat "Nordlys." His love of sailing and celestial navigation remained strong in retirement, and he expanded his interests by learning to ﬂy his beloved Cessna "24 Alpha." His desire to expand his knowledge of sailing and ﬂying was a catalyst in cultivating a love of poetry, which ﬁrst surfaced during his youth. His poetry covered a broad spectrum and he was published in The Sewanee Review and the Carleton Miscellany. Edgar P.E. White ’45 died peacefully on January 7 at the age of 84 surrounded by his family. A life-long resident of Manhattan and Mantoloking, NJ he graduated from Allen-Stevenson, Groton and Harvard. He served in the Korean War, and worked as a stockbroker on Wall Street. He was predeceased by his identical twin brother, Sumner W. White, III ’45, with whom he won a Gold Medal sailing in the 5.5-meter class with Dr. Britton Chance at the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games. Edgar was an active member of the Union Club, Mantoloking Yacht Club, and a past Master of the Holland Lodge.
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ALUMNI EVENTS CALENDAR Thursday, May 22, 2014 Alumni Dodgeball Game 6-8PM, Gym
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 New Alumni Breakfast 9:45AM, Dining Room
Monday, June 9, 2014 Back to 78th Street: A Party for the Class of 2011 6-8PM, Landis Assembly Hall
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Upper School Closing Exercises with address by Major Christopher J. Hallows ’87 11:00AM, Gym
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 9th Grade Graduation Dinner, Class of 2014 6-9PM, Landis Assembly Hall
For more information and to register for any of the above events, visit www.allen-stevenson.org/community/alumni.
GET INVOLVED As an Allen-Stevenson alumnus, there are many ways to be involved. Whether you live in New york City or across the globe, you can support A-S by volunteering your time and support to enhance and strengthen our alumni network. your involvement fuels Allen-Stevenson’s future while honoring its esteemed history
SAVE THE DATE: March 6 & 7, 2015 ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND Each spring, Allen-Stevenson alumni come together to celebrate and reﬂect on their time at A-S. With individual class parties on Friday evening, and activities for the whole family to enjoy during the day on Saturday, Reunion Weekend is a chance to reconnect, reminisce, and form new memories that will last a lifetime.
Legacy Admissions We are delighted to note an increase of interest in Allen-Stevenson among alumni who have sons of school age. Because of this situation, the School has developed a policy to handle Legacy Status: alumni may request an early admissions decision although Legacy Status does not mean an automatic or guaranteed acceptance. Alumni who are interested in applying their sons for kindergarten 2015 should call the Admissions Oﬃce at 212-606-0884.
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CHARLIE ALLETTO, Chef, performs as a guitarist on Saturday evenings with a Latin Jazz Quartet at the fabulous Cuban restaurant, La Bella Havana in Yonkers, NY. CHRIS BROzyNA, Third Grade Teacher, performing with the Connecticut based rock band, Memory Loss, raised over $9,000 in a recent beneﬁt concert for disabled veterans. Four faculty and staff members ran and completed the New York City Marathon in November 2013. They are: LINDSEy FURNARy, Fifth Grade Teacher; JESSE MONTERO, Kindergarten Teacher; STEPHEN WARNER, Assistant Head Lower School; and ERIk RESURRECCION, First Grade Teacher. Last fall, BARBARA LAkOTA, A-S Flute Teacher, performed with her orchestra, the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony, at Carnegie Hall. The concert consisted of Dvorak's Carnival Overture, Brahms' Violin Concerto (featuring Jordan Urbach as soloist), Concerto for Piano No. 2 by Shostakovich (featuring Daniella Liebman as soloist), and concluded with the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture by Tchaikovsky. SUSAN LUkAS, Eighth Grade Teacher, welcomed a new grandson, Malcolm Wren Lukas Gammon - #3 for her daughter Katie. Susan also had an essay about teaching writing titled “Love and Magic: The Teaching of Writing,” published in the Parents League of New York Review 2014. SUSANNA HARWOOD RUBIN, Art Teacher, writes articles on yoga, meditation, and art for multiple online and print publications. She is a regular contributor to the Huﬃngton Post, elephant journal, Origin, Rebelle Society, YOGANONYMOUS, and Mantra Yoga and Health. Find her articles online and on the magazine stands!
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SAVE THE DATE: ALUMNI REUNION WEEKEND Each spring, Allen-Stevenson alumni come together to celebrate and reflect on their time at A-S. With individual class parties on Friday evening, and activities for the whole family to enjoy during the day on Saturday, Reunion Weekend is a chance to reconnect, reminisce, and form new memories that will last a lifetime.
FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2015 REUNION CLASS PARTIES Private parties for the Classes of 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005, and 2010. Contact your Class Representative or the Alumni Office for details.
SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2015 EVENTS FOR ALL ALUMNI AT THE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE, 11:00AM - 2:00PM • Student-led tours • Rehearsals of Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance • Alumni/Faculty basketball game • Refreshments ALL-ALUMNI REUNION CELEBRATION, 6:00PM – 8:30PM
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